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How to convert a 2D sketch to a 3D sketch in Inventor?

A - answer You can use the following procedure to change the existing sketch' type from 2D to 3D - while maintaining the shape of the sketch curve (e.g. for a hose path):
  • create a work plane in the 2D sketch plane (use 3 sketch points to define it)
  • launch the 3D sketch environment (3D model > Sketch > Create 3D sketch)
  • project your 2D sketch to the workplane (3D sketch > Draw > Project to Surface) - do not exit the 3D sketch yet
  • in the browser tree, right-click on the item (feature) "Project to Surface" and choose "Break Link"
  • exit the 3D sketch environment and optionally delete (from the tree) the original 2D sketch (Inventor prompts you do erase also the workplane)
  • the resulting 3D sketch is now fully editable using the 3D sketch commands
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7.12.2012    11258×  
applies to: Inventor ·

See also:
Tip 11570:How to create an Inventor drawing from a photo?
Tip 11428:Differences in typed distance/offset values in Inventor sketches.
Tip 11399:Inventor reports an error: The referenced document cannot be resolved
Tip 11175:Which Workplane was this Sketch defined in?
Tip 11122:How to insert framed (boxed) text into Inventor drawings?

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